Middle Africa

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Summary

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Absolute number

Prevalence

2.5 million

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

8%
7.6 million

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

29%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Middle Africa
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
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YearMiddle AfricaDemocratic Republic of the Congo
199331.1%
199733.9%
199831.5%
200234.2%
200332.8%
200734.2%
200833.5%
201235.9%
201331.2%
201734.3%
201829.1%
202233.3%
Child marriage age

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201819.4%40.1%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest
201845.4%44.5%28.9%29.8%9.6%

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201841.7%46.0%22.0%
Child marriage age

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2018

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018

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YearDemocratic Republic of the CongoBas-UeleEquateurHaut-KatangaHaut-LomamiHaut-UeleIturiKasaiKasai CentralKasai OrientalKinshasaKongo CentralKwangoKwiluLomamiLualabaMai-NdombeManiemaMongalaNord-KivuNord-UbangiSankuruSud-KivuSud-UbangiTanganyikaTshopoTshuapa
29.1%35.9%18.1%33.1%31.3%48.2%40.7%54.3%46.6%47.7%13.6%15.1%29.6%31.9%30.6%18.7%43.9%46.2%40.5%22.3%45.2%33.5%26.9%42.8%60.4%29.3%26.4%
Child marriage age

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Prevalence of child marriage

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
Child marriage age
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YearDemocratic Republic of the Congo
199331.1%
199831.5%
200332.8%
200833.5%
201331.2%
201829.1%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Democratic Republic of the Congo19.4%40.1%29.1%
Perspective
Child marriage age

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